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Old Filth by Jane Gardam
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May 27, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, the-war-years, uk
Read from May 06 to 10, 2011

FILTH stands for "Failed in London, Try Hong Kong." The story of a successful British barrister from Hong Kong who has retired in his eighties and is living in a cottage in Dorset. The recent death of his wife has causes him to revisit his past memories of growing up and becoming the man he is now. A vivid and interesting look into the Raj era and particularly at Raj orphans, who were usually shipped off to live in England before they were 5. If they were lucky, they lived with family. If not, they were sent to live with paid foster families (as happens to Old Filth). The cover talked about "Dickensian" characters, but this reminded me more of Evelyn Waugh.

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